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27.0 in. Northern Pike caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing in Michigan on 09/30/12

Posted by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle Expert Member over 7 years ago

27.0 in. Northern Pike caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing in Michigan on 09/30/12
27.0" Northern Pike caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing on Sunday September 30, 2012 at 00:00 near Walled Lake in Oakland County, Michigan (MI), United States North America using a ½ oz black roostertail w/silver blade a In-Line Spinner by Rooster Tail (Worden's)

ished for four hours on Walled Lake Sunday morning. The water temperature still at 62 F.

I caught 6 Largemouth Bass (previous post), going 5 for 6 and 2 for 2 on northern pike (shown here). Bass were 13-16 inches and the pike were between 20-27 inches. I also lost a bass, the first fish of the day, right at the net . It was probably the largest bass of the year for me and I am not happy about it. The long casts are definitely paying off in strikes, but there is too much stretch in the 12# fluorocarbon I am using. I picked up some Berkley Tracer braid and a pair of Trokar hooks. If the experience I have had with the nanofil on my spinning rods is any indication I should not have an issue getting the hook into the fish from this point forward, no matter how long the casts. I am just concerned about losing casting distance and wind knots since the braid is so thin. Any suggestions or recommendations?

All fish were caught on ½ oz black roostertails with silver blade. It had to be black today, not white, not firetiger. I also noticed that a bit slower retrieve was in line for the largemouth, probably due to a combination of the cold water and changing front conditions which recently went through the area.

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Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle

Thank you for suggestions. I will have to try these ideas next.

Posted by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle Expert Member over 7 years ago

Gary Bobko

You are using this braid on a baitcasting outfit correct? I currently use Spiderwire Stealth braid on both conventional and spinning reels mostly for saltwater fishing. For freshwater I use 65lb braid on a baitcasting setup for topwater frog fishing in slop and pads with no leader, or flipin & 20lb braid on a med/lite spinning setup for Smallmouth with a fluoro leader for jigs on the bottom.
I suggest that you try to match on the low end the recommended line diameter for your reel to the braids diamater not its lb rating because for say Stealth braid 20lb ~ 6lb mono diameter, 30lb ~ 8lb mono diameter, 50lb ~ 12lb mono diameter.
You should always put mono backing on your reel under the braid because if you tie directly to the spool the braid can actually slip around the spool causing problems because it is so slick as well as dig into itself more. Probably the best braid sizes for baitcasting when using different lures would be either a 40lb ~ 10lb mono diameter or 50lb ~ 12lb mono diameter. You may be using too small of a diameter braid on your baitcaster which is causing it to dig into itself on the spool and causing casting problems.

Posted by Gary Bobko over 7 years ago

Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle

i have only been practicing off the dock. i am still not happy with how it is casting, i read you should used 20-30# braid as it is easier to learn with. what size and type braid do you use?

Posted by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle Expert Member over 7 years ago

Gary Bobko

How is the braid working out for you? My suggestions to help minimize wind knots is to not use it for casting lite lures. Braid is great for casting wind resistant lures like kastmasters or other metals, but not so great for lures that can get caught up in the wind, or tend to tumble during windy days.

Posted by Gary Bobko over 7 years ago

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Fishing report - 24.0 in. Northern Pike caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing in Michigan on 10/06/12 Fishing report - 16.0 in. Largemouth Bass caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing in Michigan on 09/30/12
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